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Meet Priya Carlose, Medical Officer

New to Garrison Health Service, Priya Carlose is a Medical Officer who has worked at Lavarack Barracks (QLD), Simpson Health Centre and Puckapunyal Health Centre (VIC). With a background as a civilian GP she is enjoying working in the Defence environment and is embracing the opportunity to travel and work interstate.


Where did you work before joining Garrison Health Services?

I did, and still do work, as a civilian GP. I worked in a lovely small family practice for 6 years until I had to resign from that job at the end of 2018 due to moving house. It’s worked out well though as I can devote more time to doing work with Garrison Health, but I will continue to do civilian GP work alongside.

What’s your most memorable career moment to date?

Spending close to 2 months in Townsville working at Lavarack Barracks with HCA was definitely it. While it was my first time working in a Garrison Health facility and was a steep learning curve, the idea that I could combine travel and work was something I never thought I would be doing. I felt so lucky to get the chance to do it. Lavarack Barracks is the largest army facility in Australia, and it was really great to be able to start off my career with Defence there. Also Townsville and North Queensland in general is such a beautiful part of Australia.

What attracted you to this role at Garrison Health Services?

I really just fell into it unintentionally. I had got on an email list with HCA for locum work, and saw Defence GP work advertised with the prospect of interstate travel. I didn’t realise the sign-up process and training would be so lengthy, but I am happy it took my fancy and I applied.

What is the first thing you do when you start a new job?

It is so important to me to try to meet everyone I’ll be working with and introduce myself. Healthcare is teamwork, whether it’s in a small family General Practice, a public hospital ward, or a Garrison Health facility. Knowing everyone on that healthcare team is so important as it makes patient care much easier when everyone is on board.

What do you enjoy doing when not working?

I have a blast spending time with my family, including my 2 children aged 2 and 5. They are both at a really fun age, and there’s not a quiet moment all day in my house. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

What is something that not many people know about you?

I grew up in Perth but moved to Melbourne for University. As a teenager I was excited to move to a hip big city like Melbourne, but now I’m nostalgic for the small town vibes of Perth!

What does ‘For Better Health’ mean to you?

For Better Health we need to prioritise taking care of ourselves. It is tempting to say there’s not enough time for self-care, but in reality it’s about making time for simple things that are important for health, like daily exercise and eating well. Everyone can find time for being physically active daily, even if it’s just 10 minutes a day to start with. Good food options are so accessible these days compared to when I was a kid and all our school canteen seemed to have was fairy bread, so ensuring we feed ourselves real food and not unpronounceable ingredients is not hard.


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